Anywhere in town to purchase Kobe Beef?
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I'm interested in this as well, my husband loves the stuff.
Costco has "Kobe Style" beef...
Wagyu is the breed of Steer that produces the world-renowned Kobe Beef of Japan. The beef produced by the Wagyu breed is extremely tender and tasty, with a concentration of flavor that arguably exceeds that of other common breeds. The texture of this incredible patty carries a softness that defies description, along with that world-renowned buttery Kobe flavor.
At $160 for 24 burgers, I'd hate to see what real Kobe beef goes for.
I knew the manager of one of the top end Japanese restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii (Tokyo Tokyo @ the Kahala Hotel) and he told me about 5 years ago that the amount of real Kobe beef Japan allows for export for the entire USA per year equals about 10-15 steers. Once again, that's the entire year's supply for the USA!
With that limited supply, the price of one real Kobe burger in the USA probably equals at least 50 "Kobe-Style" burgers from Costco. It is well over $100 per pound (that's 4 burgers) in Japan. Add on some shipping costs and there's your estimate.
Agree with oldhometown. Never had it, but a friend of mine lived in Nippon (Japan) for about 6 months and tried it once, said it was the best he ever had.
My husband had it while he lived in Korea and talks about how amazing it is.
American Wagyu Beef association has farms listed by state.
Found out it's only at Giant Eagle's Clevelands store(s).